On Saturday , the medium pack went down Butts Road and along Anzac Avenue, before crossing the railway line at St Andrew Street. We then continued along Thomas Burns Street and Wharf Street towards the harbour. Next, we pulled off at Kitchener Street to the outside of Watercooled sports and along the Kitchener Street reserve- where the upcoming Otago 10km Road championships will start and end. We followed this course, along Portsmouth Drive, until the Andersons bay inlet- at which point we turned around. The return leg was largely the same, however, we ran along Fryatt Street doing two-minute tempo bursts before crossing the water of Leith using the new bridge at the end of Magnet Street. We hugged the stadium before exiting back down Butts Road and back to the clubrooms. It was a beautiful (if perhaps a bit hot) day with really enjoyable company. It was particularly nice to have a newcomer to the club, Conal, joining us! We had a wonderful time and were unanimously glowing about the Otago 10km Road Championships course which promises to make for an exciting race. Tom led the scenic pack and Bruce led the walkers pack.
NZ National Road Relays
In the weekend our senior men represented Hill City-University at the New Zealand Road Relay Championships. A big thank you for the support from Hill-City University and the committee.
The team consisted of Josh Baan, Oli Chignell, Jacob Priddy, Russell Green, Jared Monk, Ollie O’Sullivan, and Logan Slee.
The HCU team were lucky to be put up by Josh Baan’s parents in some pretty awesome accomodation (this was massively appreciated by the whole team). We travelled the course in the team vehicle to get an appreciation for all of the challengers to come. The team had a relaxed meal on the evening before the race and had some good discussions of logistics and tactics for race day.
Leg 1 – Josh Baan:
Josh Baan (still recovering from being sick) dug deep and had a great performance on leg one. He worked and commanded the leading pack behind Andy Good (Canterbury University), in a very well controlled performance. His leg contained a final hill section that was one of the toughest segments of the day.
Leg 2 – Oli Chignell
Oli Chignell demonstrated his pure class and composure on this relay leg. He was voted by the team as having the performance of the day (and received the HCU relay baton as a result). Oli ran the longest leg of the relay and was only 15 seconds outside the record. He also recorded fastest time on his leg. His performance was a demonstration of pure master class running, where he mowed down a number of athletes and put 50 seconds into Hamish Carson (Wellington Scottish). Oli Brought HCU into third place and a commanding position.
Leg 3 – Jacob Priddy
HCU used Jacobs strength on what we considered probably the hardest leg of the relay. Jacob continued our strong start to finish his leg with HCU still in 3rd place. He took time out of a number of teams and provided a great buffer for our final runners in the team. Jacob recorded one of the fastest lap times on his leg.
Leg 4 – Russell Green
Russell had a great run on leg 4. He demonstrated that he has a huge amount of strength to go with his raw speed. This was a longer race for Russell that he usually races, but that did not impact his performance at all. He recorded one of the fastest lap times and continued HCU through in 3rd place.
Leg 5 – Jared Monk
Jared returned to the racing scene in style. It has been 18months since Jared has raced after suffering a serious injury and surgery. However, his experience and speed were demonstrated on his leg. Jared also recorded one of the fastest leg times and showed his impressive speed out kicking a competitor in the final 200m before the finish line. A very impressive run and return to the racing scene.
Leg 6 – Ollie O’Sullivan
After I was lost during the warmup I eventually made it to the start line with a bit of worry for the team mates. My tactics were to start slightly easy and work hard from there. The leg was undulating and climbing, followed by a steep downhill in the last KM (this couldn’t have come sooner). Team support was a massive motivator and helped me continue my focus throughout the race. Was a really tough run and finished with noting left. This was where we were caught for 3rd place and moved into 4th position.
Leg 7 – Logan Slee
Logan had the final leg of the race and smashed home the final leg back into fielding. He was struck with some unfortunate luck when his shoe lace came undone, but this didn’t slow his determination over the final stages where he finished out the relay with a really strong performance to finish the relay with Hill City- University finishing 4th in a performance we can all be proud of.
Celebration team shot post finishing fourth
This week we have a morning club run with two options. The club room will open at 7:00am. We will leave the club rooms at 7:30am for a warmup and an 8am park run start. Runners can meet at the club rooms or at the start of the park run. Please bring your Hill City Singlet for the run. Option two is group runs from 7:30am at the club rooms. Breakfast and coffee will be served after the park run.
Next week 18/10/20 we have the Otago 10km road champs and Hill City 5km. Please see the attached links to the event.
On Friday night we also had several members compete in the Otago 3000m Spring challenge.
Rebekah Green defended her title to claim the winning female time (9:44). Zara Geddes 3rd Female (10:32). Josh Hou finished Fourth man home (9:08), Joel Carman 6th (9:16), Finn Molloy 7th (9:28), George Hamilton 9th (9:34), Nico Alvarez Ray 10th (9:38), Luke Geddes 16th (10:26). A full set of results can be found at:
As a result of the Port Chalmers road race being cancelled, Hill City-University brought forward the Colin Holmes/Alice Baker Memorial Handicap 5km race. It was a great day for a race, and awesome to see everyone there on such short notice.
What is a handicap race without some controversy surrounding the results… Some course confusion left the 5 leading athletes to take a wrong turn, and although they still completed the 5km, they were all eventually disqualified.
Dianje Strang had an exceptionally strong run, running a personal best time, only to be led the wrong way and then be disqualified (27:32) Myrtle Rough (29:06) held out Lou Collins (29:08) on her first ever running race. They finished 2nd and 3rd however, due to the wrong turn were also disqualified. Although they took a wrong turn, their times were still considered accurate and they all completed 5kms.
Georgy Pakeho in the end was the overall winner of the event with a strong run (22:44) Sarah and Anya Rhodes swapped their handicaps to challenge Anya on closing the gap. Sarah must have dug deep to maintain the gap and finish in second place (32:03), and Anya performed well to clinch Sarah’s time by 1 second (22:02).
David Mackle was first male home (31:37), followed by Matthew Bolter (17:51) and Luke Geddes (18:44). Very impressive runs by Matthew and Luke. Luke ran a strong race the day after the spring 300m challenge. Pretty tough stuff.
Fastest times went to Shireen Crupton (20:06) and Ollie O’Sullivan (16:28)
The race was followed by the AGM and afternoon tea
This week we have a morning club run 19/09/20. We will meet at the club rooms from 8:30am and will split into two groups. One group will complete an unofficial park run, and the other group will complete the desired training sessions. We will allocate groups on the day. Breakfast and Coffee will be supplied before and after the run from 8am. Any questions please touch base with Harrier manager email@example.com.
On 26/09/20 we are competing in the Peninsula relay. If you wish to compete, or assist with marshalling please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to all the Hill City-University athletes that competed at the New Zealand Cross Country Challenge. The club had several athletes that claimed medals and had exceptional performances. Racing on Saturday provided similar conditions to the Otago champs from 3 weeks earlier.
Oli Chignell returned to the racing scene and impressively claimed the bronze medal in the Senior Mens event. This was a hotly contested race with a number of Hill City athletes performing well.
Becky Greene had another great run, claiming the Silver Medal. This is an improvement on 2019 where she finished third. The top three athletes of this race worked well together. Becky and the eventual race leader eventually split from third place, and entering the final lap the race could have gone either way.
Zara Geddes had another impressive run to finish second in the girls under 16 event. Zara finishes a standout cross country season, where she is rapidly stamping her authority across the running scene.
Phil Morris performed well to finish third in the master’s men 65-69 age group. This backs up several strong performances from Phil over the season.
Shireen Crumpton claimed the title for master’s Women 45-49 age group, and Georgina Pakeho took the bronze medal. Shireen proves once again how tough she is across all running events.
Barbra Patrick had a strong run to finish second in the 70-74 age group and Myrtle Rough finished first in the 75-79 age group. Both running well paced and strong runs. Very impressive stuff.
After indulging in a delicious REAL coffee, our group left the clubrooms and headed to the Botanical Gardens for an unofficial parkrun. Becky Greene set a blistering pace over the 5km course to show us the way. Lila and Sarah Rhodes enjoyed the less cluttered paths of the usual Saturday parkrun to set a great time also. Tim Dawbin and Dwayne Sheddan were looking forward to their breakfast back at the clubrooms so ran a respectable time so as not to miss out on the bacon and eggs. Lovely Luke Geddes was ably escorted around the course at Merrilee’s pace, now you can put your foot down in your first parkrun after lockdown Luke! Raewyn and Helen had lots to talk about and still managed to make it home with plenty more to discuss, that’s the real reason we run isn’t it?
Breakfast was amazing, thank you so much to Ollie and Amanda, and the entire O’Sullivan clan for catering to our every need. It was a big hit! Bruce Cowan reported having 3 breakfasts, I don’t think he was joking either.
Looking forward to the next club run, I think we certainly have a winner with the morning club run addition (Merrilee Williams).
The track group had a steady warm up, with a couple laps around Logan Park. Oli Chignel and Simon Cromarty cruised some laps of the Caledonian and supported the runners in the track session.
Leia Silby, Georgy Pakeho, Aly Craigie, Phil Morris, Elliot O’Sullivan, Ollie O’Sullivan completed the session of 1200m at 5km pace, 600m at 3km pace, 400m at 1500m pace, and 300m at 800m pace. Was a really fun group session and certainly opened everyone’s lungs up.
This was the first track session for some, and the first in a long time for others. Really nice to complete a different sort of group session (Ollie O’Sullivan).
Time trial group:
Jared Monk led the time trial group with Josh Hou and Finn Molloy. They clipped out a really quick 5km at roughly 3:20km pace. They traveled over the start of the soon to be announced Otago 10km course.